Dads Take Your Child to School is an initiative taking place across New York State that encourages fathers and father-figures to take their children to school and make a commitment to be involved in their children’s education. Taking place in September of each year, it is a one-day event that can catalyze father involvement for the rest of the school year. Schools and community organizations use this opportunity to get to know the fathers of their students, and to encourage them to be involved by signing up for PTAs, Policy Councils, and volunteer opportunities like hall monitoring, career day, or beautification projects. As well, schools could distribute information and resources to encourage parent involvement in education, such as reading guides.
There were 200 participating schools and Head Starts, and over 9,000 dads in 2011.
You can learn more at the Dads Take Your Child to School Website; http://www.dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com. The members of the Stronger Families New York Coalition take active roles planning and providing support for this important initiative. Coalition partners that are supporting Dads Take Your Child to School include:
- New York State Office of Children and Family Services
- New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
- US Dept of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families, Region II
- New York State Community Action Association
- NYS Parent Education Partnership/Prevent Child Abuse NY
- New York City Departments of Education, Youth and Community Development, Human Resource Administration, and NYC Dads.
- Fathers Incorporated